UPS Team Ready for Start of NASCAR Regular Season UPS Racing Team Notes of Interest * Jarrett is one of a select group of drivers that has raced in all 11 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series events to have taken place at California Speedway since the...
UPS Team Ready for Start of NASCAR Regular Season
UPS Racing Team Notes of Interest
* Jarrett is one of a select group of drivers that has raced in all 11 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series events to have taken place at California Speedway since the series started racing there in 1997.
* Jarrett has five top-10 finishes in 11 starts at the two-mile California Speedway.
* Jarrett has led a lap in four different events at California for a total of 102 laps.
* Jarrett will be making a stop in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Feb. 22nd prior to traveling to Fontana, Calif., for a Team Tylenol appearance.
Jarrett's Thoughts on Racing at California Speedway
How different is it to be going to California after all of the pomp and circumstance of the Daytona 500?
"It's definitely different but it's good. I have always enjoyed visiting that part of the country and usually like to go out there a day or so early to go hang around in Los Angeles and check things out in that part of the country. But it's hard to follow two weeks of racing at Daytona. We're there for such a long time and intensely focused on what is happening there that you kind of lose track of the fact the season is starting and that now is the time to dig in. The weather in California tends to be a little nicer this time of year and that's something we're certainly looking forward to after the up and down weather we had in Daytona. But we'll go out West next week and then we get to enjoy a weekend off so we take it all in stride."
Does your race team consider this weekend's race the start of the "real" racing season?
"Well you can't count Daytona out of the season but Speed Weeks at Daytona can feel like a season within the season. But we do look at this weekend's race at California with a great deal of awareness in that it is going to be an important indicator for us, and everybody in the garage, as to how our winter preparations went. The down force tracks like California are the majority of the races we have on the schedule so I know it is going to be important for us to get there and see the results of all that work we did in November, December and January. We've concentrated a lot of our efforts on our down force program because that's where we've struggled the last few years so yes, we'll be anxiously looking forward to this weekend."
How do you anticipate the racing at California to be?
"Well, I'm sure we'll see a lot of the same thing we've seen in the past. It's a wide track with plenty of room for passing and two-wide racing. I think the tendency is to see more of that early in a run but because it is such a big track the cars can get a little strung out as handling becomes a factor. I'm sure we'll see more of that. It will be interesting to see how all of the other teams perform this weekend given the new testing rules. It's too early to tell but I think the teams that adjust the best to not being able to test will be the ones that sustain performance over the course of the season. Other than that, California is a fun track and one where Robert Yates Racing has performed well in past seasons mostly because of the horse power produced by Doug Yates and his group. That is one thing we've never been lacking so hopefully that will be of benefit to us this weekend."
Chassis 56 is the car the UPS Racing Team will race this weekend in California. Chassis 56 is a car the team started racing last fall beginning at California Speedway in September. The car's best performance was a ninth-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway in November.